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Crawford County Landowners Learn about Proper Pond and Lake Management

Posted: April 4, 2016

Pennsylvania contains thousands of natural and man-made ponds and lakes but surveys by Penn State Extension have found that 77% of pond owners report problems with leaks, water quality, overabundant plant growth, fisheries management, or nuisance wildlife. More recently, algae blooms that release toxins harmful to animals and humans (called Harmful Algae Blooms or HAB’s) have become a common issue.

Penn State Extension has developed a variety of educational resources to answer questions about these common management issues for ponds and lake owners.     

On March 19th, presenters from Penn State Extension partnered with the Crawford County Conservation District and the Pennsylvania Lake Management Society to provide a pond and lake management workshop for 60 landowners in Linesville, PA. These attendees owned or managed over 100 acres of ponds and lakes. The three hour workshop covered pond construction, inspections, ecology, water quality, management of aquatic plants/algae and pond fisheries/wildlife. Some pond owners also brought samples of pond water for identification of nuisance plants and algae.  

Forty-eight attendees completed an evaluation. All of the attendees indicated that they learned new information and 70% said that they learned a great deal of new information. More importantly, 94% of the pond owners in attendance said that they would use what they learned to take actions to better manage their pond or lake including water testing, installing buffers or improving the pond fishery.  

Additional pond and lake management workshops will be presented this spring and summer by Penn State Extension and will be posted at: http://extension.psu.edu/natural-resources/water/courses/pond-and-lake-management. Pond and lake owners who are interested in online learning more about proper management of these waterbodies can visit the Penn State Extension Pond Management website at: http://extension.psu.edu/natural-resources/water/ponds where they can also enroll in an online pond home study course.

Bryan Swistock
Water Resources Specialist
Renewable Natural Resources
Penn State Extension
Department of Ecosystem Science and Management